Bugs on ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android Phone

ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone comes with low price with fairly good hardware specifications, seems like a good deal for me. However, I became a little bit (very little / pico disappoint 😁) disappointed later after I found some annoying bugs on this phone.


Licosha — With such affordable price yet with decent hardware specification, ASUS Zenfone Live L2 is the choice when I choose between others Android phone. I personally think this phone very suitable for daily use like communications, entertainment or light to medium gaming.

Released on Android 8.0 Oreo with its ZenUI 5, apparently ASUS Zenfone Live L2 has some pretty annoying bugs after I used it for a few months. However I found some bugs to be lost after I switched to other ROM/GSI while a few of them, well, just accept the reality and use it as it is 😭.

Bugs ASUS Zenfone Live L2
"Bugs" illustration by Icons 8 from Ouch!

A. Bugs on stock ROM ASUS Zenfone Live L2

These bugs below seems only appears on the stock ROM of ASUS Zenfone Live L2, means it could be the problem of the vendor side or could also the problem lies on the ZenUI 5 itself.

A.1. Lagging system UI

Bug: System UI lags when there are notification with bright background color.
Solution: Change ROM/GSI.

When playing a music using a music player for example on my stock ROM ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone, sometimes the UI will become lag if I opened the notification panel.

However this only happened only if the notification has a bright background color and does not happened if it has black, white or grey background colors. The solution to avoid this bug other than by changing the ROM, it is you must avoid any apps that produce notifications with bright background colors 😆.

A.2. Theme does not change sub Settings menu parts

Bug: Changing theme only affect the main page of Settings menu.
Solution: ???

For this one it's obvious the bug of ZenUI 5 on this ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone. Whether it's specifically only occurred on this device or other Zenfone model too, it's very annoying especially if we want to use dark theme.

Zenfone has offering a beautiful UI for every Zenfone device owner with its ZenUI. And one of the most distinguish feature of ZenUI is the Theme Store, allowing users to change UI accent color, background color and icons on the fly.

But when I tried installed and applied a dark theme on my ASUS Zenfone Live L2, most of parts like File Manager, Dialer, Icons etc. works well except the Settings which only the main page that changed. When I go to sub settings, the background color came back to light or white.

B. Bugs on stock vendor ASUS Zenfone Live L2

On Android 8.0 and later there is a requirements called Project Treble. To make an Android device passes Treble support to meet the Google's Android standard, one of the thing is the separation of vendor partition. And per my experience it seems these bugs below on ASUS Zenfone Live L2 belong to the vendor faults.

Because these are the vendor faults, the easiest way to fix it is either by updating our ASUS Zenfone Live L2 to the Beta stock ROM or switching to GSI (and using Pie/Q vendor) / custom ROM that uses custom vendor.

B.1. Zero byte or unreadable files

Bug: If we do file operation using 3rd party file managers, sometimes the files (looks) broken or has 0 byte size.
Solution: Use system file manager to do file operation or eject the microSD card then mount it again or reboot device when it happened.

Example when I copied, moved or extracted an archive file using 3rd party apps (apps that we downloaded ourselves) on my ASUS Zenfone Live L2, there are many times where the file sizes became 0 byte and resulting “corrupted message” when we tried to access it. This does not happen if I used the system file manager though, weird huh 😅.

This bug happened on stock ROM and also when I used a GSI with Oreo vendor version. Though if this happened, we can simply eject then mount back the microSD card from the Storage menu in Settings or reboot our ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone and the files will become normal again.

B.2 Lags when Miracast and Bluetooth connected at same time

Bug: The phone become awfully lags when Miracast and Bluetooth turned on at same time.

ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone has support for Miracast connection by default, but it together with Bluetooth is a nightmare.

When I connected to my TV using Miracast connection, I also want to try using a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard, but the results is really awful as the screen became very laggy, like it only have 5 FPS 😫. This does not happened when I using the Beta Android 10 Stock ROM or GSIs with Pie vendor.

C. Hardware bug(s) on ASUS Zenfone Live L2

If in the two section before there are bugs on ASUS Zenfone Live L2 we can fix by ourselves, now on the last section is the bug(s) that still exists even after I changed the ROM or vendor, thus I categorized them as “hardware bug(s)”.

C.1 Losing multitouch

Bug: Sometimes when I using the phone in high intensity, the phone lost the multitouch capability.
Solution: Turn off screen, let it ~5 seconds then turn it on again.

Sometimes when I using my ASUS Zenfone Live L2 in high intensity tasks like playing game or lots of multitasking, the screen suddenly lost multitouch capability making it only response to one touch point at a time. But for me this is pretty rare though, like I don’t experienced this just everyday.

If this happened simply turning off the screen for 5 seconds then turning on again will make my ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone responding again to multitouch points.


Phewww... This is the first article in this blog that reached 1000 words 🤣. So, do you think there are ASUS Zenfone Live L2 Android phone bugs that is not mentioned above or you have a fix for one of the bug(s) above? Then share it on the comment box!

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